Topoisomerase II beta interacts with cohesin and CTCF at topological domain borders

Liis Uusküla-Reimand, Huayun Hou, Payman Samavarchi-Tehrani, Matteo Vietri Rudan, Minggao Liang, Alejandra Medina-Rivera, Hisham Mohammed, Dominic Schmidt, Petra Schwalie, Edwin J. Young, Jüri Reimand, Suzana Hadjur, Anne Claude Gingras, Michael D. Wilson

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Background: Type II DNA topoisomerases (TOP2) regulate DNA topology by generating transient double stranded breaks during replication and transcription. Topoisomerase II beta (TOP2B) facilitates rapid gene expression and functions at the later stages of development and differentiation. To gain new insight into the genome biology of TOP2B, we used proteomics (BioID), chromatin immunoprecipitation, and high-throughput chromosome conformation capture (Hi-C) to identify novel proximal TOP2B protein interactions and characterize the genomic landscape of TOP2B binding at base pair resolution. Results: Our human TOP2B proximal protein interaction network included members of the cohesin complex and nucleolar proteins associated with rDNA biology. TOP2B associates with DNase I hypersensitivity sites, allele-specific transcription factor (TF) binding, and evolutionarily conserved TF binding sites on the mouse genome. Approximately half of all CTCF/cohesion-bound regions coincided with TOP2B binding. Base pair resolution ChIP-exo mapping of TOP2B, CTCF, and cohesin sites revealed a striking structural ordering of these proteins along the genome relative to the CTCF motif. These ordered TOP2B-CTCF-cohesin sites flank the boundaries of topologically associating domains (TADs) with TOP2B positioned externally and cohesin internally to the domain loop. Conclusions: TOP2B is positioned to solve topological problems at diverse cis-regulatory elements and its occupancy is a highly ordered and prevalent feature of CTCF/cohesin binding sites that flank TADs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number182
JournalGenome biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 31 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • BioID
  • CTCF
  • ChIP-exo
  • ChIP-seq
  • Cohesin
  • Comparative genomics
  • DNA supercoiling
  • Genome organization
  • Hi-C
  • Proteomics
  • Topoisomerase II beta
  • Topological associated domains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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